ERIC Number: ED023576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965-Oct-26
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Pre-Service and In-Service Education in Mathematics of Colorado Elementary School Teachers - A Status Report.
Fisher, John J.; And Others
Described are two studies related to the teaching of mathematics. A sample of 729 teachers who had received teaching certificates in 1965 and an endorsement to teach at the elementary level in Colorado schools were analyzed to determine their college preparation. The college transcripts of these teachers were examined to ascertain how many quarter hours of college credit the teachers had received in courses identified as either mathematics or mathematics education. Results of the study indicated that (1) less than four per cent of new teachers certified for the elementary level in Colorado schools had the amount of mathematics preparation recommended by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, and (2) teacher preparation is not uniform in the academic subjects either among the states or among institutions within the states. A second study was undertaken to determine if there was any significant correlation between scores on a pre-test of mathematics understanding and the teachers' years of experience. The conclusion was that there was no correlation between years of experience and test scores. Therefore, the opinion that newly graduated teachers are in as much need of mathematics inservice education as experienced teachers was substantiated. (RP)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado